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Scientists Emulate Nature in Quantum Leap Towards Future Computers
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Scientists Emulate Nature in Quantum Leap Towards Future Computers

Scientists have constructed an atomic-scale silicon quantum processor to model the behavior of an organic molecule.

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords
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Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords

Princeton University's Arvind Narayanan and colleagues found 75% of 120 top-ranked English-language websites permit weak passwords.

By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways
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By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways

Intelligent beings learn by interacting with the world. Artificial intelligence researchers have adopted a similar strategy to teach their virtual agents new skills...

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

Huge Step Forward in Quantum Computing Announced: The First-Ever Quantum Circuit
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Huge Step Forward in Quantum Computing Announced: The First-Ever Quantum Circuit

The latest invention follows the team's creation of the first ever quantum transistor in 2012.

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans
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AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans

Researchers used artificial intelligence to uncover evidence that ancient humans used fire at least 800,000 years ago at the Evron Quarry archaeological site in...

Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer
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Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer

Researchers created a probabilistic computer model that rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells to identify cancer-driving mutations.

How the Brain Prepares to Think
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How the Brain Prepares to Think

Researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera supercomputer to probe the physics of thought activation in the brain.

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise
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Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

A new report indicates Mega's file encryption architecture contains fundamental cryptography flaws enabling attackers to launch full key recovery attacks.

Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change
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Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change

Researchers applied a hybrid empirical dynamic modeling methodology to predict the effects of climate change and phosphorus pollution on Switzerland's Lake Geneva...

Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.
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Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.

Luna's relaunch might be the ultimate act of chutzpah by the South Korean entrepreneur.

Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement
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Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement

n addition to the $150 million penalty, Twitter agreed to notify users that it misused the security data.

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says
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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow's disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected...

California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing
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California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing

Vueron plans to unveil its next generation of Lidar AV platforms within the next few months.

DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions
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DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions

Researchers vetted the security of blockchain software's distributed ledger technologies for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test
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Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence researchers have proposed an update to the Turing test for rating the capabilities of AI technology.
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